Bilingual/ESL Programs in Texas
This website is sponsored by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and is part of a Limited English Proficient Student Success Initiative Grant.
- Definition of an English Language Learner (ELL)
Texas Education Code (TEC) Sec. 29.052.
"Student of limited English proficiency" means a student whose primary language is other than English and whose English language skills are such that the student has difficulty performing ordinary classwork in English.The terms LEP and English language learners (ELLs) are used interchangeably.
- Bilingual Education
The Bilingual Education web page will provide you with information on curriculum, assessment, rules, etc.
Texas Education Code (TEC) Section29.066, Public Education Information
Management System (PEIMS) Reporting Requirements
A school district that is required to offer bilingual education or special language programs shall include the following information in the district's Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) report:
(1) demographic information, as determined by the
commissioner, on students enrolled in district bilingual education
or special language programs;
(2) the number and percentage of students enrolled in each instructional model of a bilingual education or special language program offered by the district; and
(3) the number and percentage of students identified as students of limited English proficiency who do not receive specialized instruction.
§42.153 – Bilingual Education Allotment
(a) For each student in average daily attendance in a bilingual education or special language program under Subchapter B, Chapter 29, a district is entitled to an annual allotment equal to the adjusted basic allotment multiplied by 0.1.
(b) Funds allocated under this section, other than indirect cost allotment established under State Board of Education rule, must be used in providing bilingual education or special language programs under Subchapter B, Chapter 29, and must be accounted for under existing agency reporting and auditing procedures.
(c) A district’s bilingual education or special language allocation may be used only for program and student evaluation, instructional materials and equipment, staff development, supplemental staff expenses, salary supplements for teachers, and other supplies required for quality instruction and smaller class size.